Gmail errors affect a “significant” number of users, Google says

Google says a “significant subset” of Gmail users are experiencing service errors right now.

While users can access their inboxes, they may encounter “error messages, high latency and / or other unexpected behavior,” the company wrote in a message on its service status page. The errors occur just one day after many Google properties, including Gmail, YouTube, and Google Docs, were affected by a large outage.

Shortly before 18:00 ET, Google said it expects to resolve issues “for all users in the near future.” The service had already been restored for some, Google wrote.

Downdetector, which monitors reports of website issues, shows an increase in issues affecting Gmail as of 3 p.m. ET. Users have reported that they can’t access their mailboxes, while others have said that they receive return messages when they try to send an email to someone with a Gmail address. ProtonMail said the fact that emails sent to Gmail users “return permanently”, returning error messages to the original sender.

Stadia, Google’s streaming service, had problems this afternoon as well, but it’s unclear if they were linked. The company said that a problem “forbade some users to launch games”.

Google says now The Verge that the issue with Stadia has been resolved and “users should be able to play games as usual”.

Updated December 15, 5:55 PM ET: Google has said it is beginning to restore service.

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